Books published by Harvill Secker
When a travelling salesman is found shot in a basement flat, the police initially suspect a member of the Allied forces as it’s 1941 and British and American soldiers are stationed in Iceland. But the investigation takes a turn into the past and uncovers evidence of dubious experiments carried out on Icelandic boys.
Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by Ewa Sherman
Drug addict war veteran Captain Sam Wyndham, now a senior officer in the British-India police, is surprised in an opium den by a vice squad raid. During his escape he finds a mutilated body and then stumbles into a plot to disrupt a royal visit.
Reviewed on 01 September 2018 by John Cleal
A young black Korean-American woman disappears without trace from a South Korean island. Her twin sister refuses to believe she may be dead and is herself later recruited by the CIA to find the truth and go undercover into the world’s most secretive state.
Reviewed on 26 May 2018 by John Cleal
In wartime Reykjavik, a body of a young woman is found behind the National Theatre. An Icelander and a Canadian start investigation. In the present times an old man is discovered dead in his own bed. Newspaper cuttings found in his home report that particular death.
Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by Ewa Sherman
A woman is thought to have committed suicide in her bath but Commissaire Adamsberg refuses to be convinced. Further apparent suicides, linked by the drawing of a strange symbol convince the investigating team that they are pursuing a serial killer.
Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by John Barnbrook
A gangster is eaten by wolverines in Stockholm Zoo. A celebrated professor is executed in the Jewish cemetery. Eight East European women from a refugee hostel disappear. The Intercrime Unit investigates how and why these cases might be connected.
Reviewed on 13 February 2016 by Ewa Sherman
Whilst keeping watch on the occupant of a house in Paris, Louis Kehlweiler, now made redundant by the Justice Department, spots something that turns out to be a small human bone. In spite of being ridiculed by the police when he takes it to them, he decides to investigate.
Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Arnold Taylor
Six new Oxford students form an instant friendship. At the Freshers’ Fair they sign up with the mysterious Games Society and The Game – an elaborate mixture of luck and consequences emerges. Early penalties are trivial but become more humiliating as they are played out against a background of changing relationships which inevitably lead to tragedy.
Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by John Cleal